Armenian And Azeri Foreign Ministers to Resume Karabagh Talks

YEREVAN (RFE/RL/Yerkir)–Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian said on Monday that he will fly to Paris early Tuesday for talks with his Azeri counterpart Elmar Mamedyarov to continue talks on the Karabagh conflict settlement.

"I don’t know yet whether the negotiations will be direct or in the so-called proximity format," he told reporters–adding that they were initiated by the American–French–and Russian mediators.

The Paris meeting will come just one week after the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan held two days of intensive negotiations to reach a framework agreement in Bucharest. That meeting did not end with and agreement.

Oskanian said that there is still a chance for peace. "There are still unresolved problems," he said. "But there are also difficult issues on which we had for years failed to agree but on which there is agreement now. So there is that positive element in the process."

He declined to disclose those issues or give other details of the talks.

Oskanian added that during their meeting–he and Mamedyarov will also discuss another meeting between the two countries’ presidents.


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